Paige Rawl is 17 and HIV positive, but while her life has been shaped by HIV it isn't ruled by it.
When Paige Rawl starts her senior year at Indianapolis’s Herron High School next month, she'll be cheer captain and a member of the student government and prom committee. This summer, the 17-year-old held down a part-time job at Hollister, hawking the popular Southern California-inspired clothing brand.
The all-American girl — who happens to be HIV positive.
Paige was infected unknowingly at birth by her mother, who wasn’t aware of her own HIV status. Paige's mother got the virus from Paige's father, who she says passed away in 2001 due to an AIDS-related illness.